Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard (Headline, 2014) received with thanks from Bookbridgr
He’s cursed with an impossible task. She’s blessed with magical visions.
Together they can save a divided Empire.
Prince Corin has been given the task of freeing the dragons from their bondage to the Empire. However, it seems that that not even the dragonriders themselves know how these terrifying beasts are kept under control.
When Tam, a doctor’s daughter, arrives in the capital she makes an amazing discovery: she is a Seer, gifted with visions.
Sparks fly when Corin and Tam meet … but it’s not all happily ever after. Not only is the prince forbidden to marry a commoner, but war is coming to Caithen. Torn between love and duty, they must work together to uncover the secret that threatens to destroy their country.
Well. This book was full of surprises.
The thing is, look at the cover (I know, I know, don’t judge..) it looks like it’s yelling ‘I’M A GOTHIC BOOK!’ at me.
But then I started reading it and it became clear it was going to be an epic fantasy.
Oh.. wait. We get to court proper and suddenly it’s like classic English Lit combined with medieval court politics and gossip..
What is this book? I was just confused throughout.
Corin, our main man, the big show, the.. ok. I’ll stop. We’re introduced to him first, and he has some meeting with a dragon and then forgets it. And then we meet the girl (I’ve already forgotten her name, sorry..) and she has might, maybe, perhaps have some magic powers that could be useful. Who knows? And then these two meet and POW insta-love. Let’s toss all mistresses and wives aside. Who cares? With this beautiful buxom serving wench..
The narrative, as a whole, was difficult for me. I felt like I was plodding through mud. I didn’t feel a natural flow or that I was being shown anything- just tell, tell tell.
Ultimately, this book wasn’t for me. The writing, to me, was clunky and awkward. I’m not usually a fan of ‘olde’ type language in literature, unless, of course, it’s a classic (and then it’s totes nouveau!) I couldn’t help but feel like this book was confused about what it wanted to be. I’m all for genre bending, but if this was intended to be a hybrid then it’s not working for me.
I really liked the idea of this book, but it just didn’t cut it for me. Not my cup of tea. 1/5.